People have cleverly been using live feed video, in addition to social media posts, to share litters of kittens born to abandoned and stray mamma cats with viewers from around the world.
Through kitten cams I've been able to watch cats give birth, and see these new mammas clean the amniotic sac off their newborns. If you haven't seen this process, it's amazing. It's also a great way to introduce vital concepts of reproduction and childbirth to children, without the responsibility, expense and mess of raising the kittens.
Kitten cams are maintained all around the world, so you might be able to find one located near you, allowing you to potentially watch the babies grow up before you sign the adoption paperwork! I don't know all of the kitten cam accounts or kitten foster families, so please share any that you know about here in the comments so we can all learn from your knowledge!
See in the photo above:
@foster_kittens_rva - Providing a foster home for kittens in Richmond,VA
@otowncats - Orlando Kitten Rescue fosters adoptable kittens in central Florida
@connieskittens - Foster mom for the Wake County Animal Center in North Carolina
@munchiesplaceforhomelesscats - Seattle area, Washington
@zucaskittens - Portland, Oregon
Now, keeping foster cats, kittens or dogs in your home is just one way to help, but not all families are able to offer this kind of support. There are still other ways you can get involved with animal adoption. Here are some ideas:
You might have a talent or professional skill that could be used including:
Adoption centers often need volunteers on site to help with:
In many cases, there are ways you can get your whole family involved. For more information and ideas on getting your kids involved with animals, and for teaching them responsibility, see @peteducationproject on Instagram and at http://www.ilovepep.org.
Adopt Don't Shop, and don't forget to spay and neuter your pets!
Infographic by AmericanHumane.org